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Come holiday shopping time, the glut of year-end roundups can actually work in your favor. This month, a number of websites have posted shortlists of

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Holiday Shopping Time: Check the Best Food Book Lists

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Come holiday shopping time, the glut of year-end roundups can actually work in your favor. This month, a number of websites have posted shortlists of potential gifts for people who know more about food than you:

Eat Me Daily has posted my favorite 2009 food-book roundup so far, not only because it includes categories like "Biggest Mindfuck" but because it lists narrative nonfiction books from two amazing fellow critics, Jason Sheehan and Robb Walsh.

In addition to five biggies (David Chang, Frank Bruni, etc.) that made it onto Publishers' Weekly's end-of-year list, the magazine released a separate "Best Food Books of 2009" filled with lesser-pimped, smart, and well-written cookbooks.

Paris-based food writer David Lebovitz recently posted a quirky, personal list of his favorite food books of the year; it's heavy on baking, Francophile, and blogger-written books. Surely you know a French bakery blogger. Everyone does.

And of course, shop local. Seattle saw the arrival of great books from local writers Matthew Amster-Burton, Molly Wizenberg, Pat Tanumihardja, and Langdon Cook. I just know I've forgotten other good local food books that came out this year -- if you have recommendations, add 'em to the comments section.

UPDATE: Publishers Weekly just posted a roundup of the roundups, though little statistical analysis was provided.

 
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